TomTom plans to unleash a long-awaited iPhone app this
summer that will give iPhone 3G S users turn-by-turn spoken directions. Announced
by TomTom co-founder and CTO Peter Frans Pauwels at the Apple Worldwide
Developer’s Conference, the app will work alongside a new car mounting kit that
will be available through TomTom.
The mounting kit provides a speaker and microphone for the
iPhone and makes it possible to mount the iPhone on the windshield. The mount
uses TomTom’s twist and lock mount that can be folded for carrying. While in
the mount, the iPhone can be positioned in landscape or portrait modes. The
mount will also charge the iPhone.
The mount and software will not support voice commands for
inputting directions. TomTom has not yet announced whether the application will
have text-to-speech, which enables the device to announce the street names of
upcoming turns. Tom Murray, marketing VP, TomTom, said the new TomTom app will
include IQ routes, a technology that uses historical traffic patterns to
provide more accurate and timely routes. It’s uncertain whether HD Traffic, a
feature available in Europe that uses an Internet connection to track and
report live traffic information, will also be available in the new iPhone kit.
It’s being reported that TomTom does not have an exclusive
arrangement to provide turn-by-turn applications for the iPhone. This means it’s
possible other GPS manufacturers could also sell iPhone navigational
TomTom plans to offer the kit in different packages with
different country-wide or international maps. Pricing will vary by package.